Frank Paul Cusanno
February 24, 1934 – September 7, 2020
Frank Cusanno passed away on September 7, 2020. Any story about Frank absolutely must begin with his love and adoration for Lillian, the girl he first kissed at age 14 and continued to kiss, cherish and love with all his heart every single day since. Frank’s brilliance and class were matched only by his patience, and yet all were overshadowed by his love for his family, friends, and football. When Frank was told 40 years ago to “Get his things in order” after being diagnosed with MS, he continued life armed with the intelligence, wit, and assurance he’s known for, and privately, quietly, he fought like hell. He reacted with grace when it slowly took away his passions: traveling around the world, working at ITT, and playing basketball, tennis, and his cherished Steinway. Frank loved his weekly poker games with friends, attending every Giants game with his daughter Christina, and spending hours with his granddaughters who he swore were perfect: Aleia, Francesca, Lilly, and Giavonna. When his limited mobility left him only access to his few fingers, without complaint he used them to hold the pen with which he completed every NY Times crossword puzzle, and the phone to speak to Richard every night for hours ending every single conversation, “I love you son.” At no point did it affect his ability to raise a bar incredibly high for husbands, a challenge his son-in-law Bernie and grandson-in-law Steve accepted with his blessings. He is predeceased by his parents Riccardo and Cristina and his sister Nancy and is survived by his sister Rose, nieces, nephews, and in-laws who adored him. Since Frank never went anywhere willingly if it interfered with NFL Sundays, please join us as we celebrate Frank's life on Saturday, September 12 at 12 PM at Biagio's Restaurant, 299 Paramus Road, Paramus, NJ. We will be outdoors, with masks and socially, (not emotionally) distancing. Although we truly hope all who loved him or know us to attend, we understand if you are uncomfortable with social gatherings during this time.
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Frank Paul Cusanno
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September 13, 2020
The whole Musci family of Milan joins you in the memory of Frank, a wonderful cousin. Even though oceans divided us, our hearts were always close, so that every time we met they left a beautiful memory of a strong, kind and loving man. Always smiling and helpful, he leaves in us forever his strength of spirit.
With love Antonio, Ivana, Riccardo, Silvia, Lucia, Paolo, Lara and Emma.
September 11, 2020
I remember many occasions with Uncle Frank but there is that one special one I will never forget. I asked him if I could drive his little red sports car. He loved that car. He didnt say no but I knew by his look it was no way. My family seems to have "that look". But he said "comon I'll give you a ride. I was so excited. We drove around town which was ok but I told him I wanted to go a little faster then 35 mph. And poof, we were cruising on the Palisades Pkwy. Holding on for dear life I said "ok we can go back now".
My uncle was a very giving and generous man. He gave my daughter piano lessons and i would sit and talk to Aunt Lilt until the lesson was over and I knew it was that time. Uncle Frank would bring me into the "piano room" and would put head phones on me and tell me to close my eyes and just listen. Little did he know I was imagining myself at a Grateful Dead concert. Unlike my brother I just didn't get it.
His cool, calm and mellow ways were contagious. Sometimes I just wanted to grab him and shake him and say "can you just yell and get mad Unc just once".
I loved my uncle but most of all I loved the way he loved Aunt Lily and his family. If only everyone could be so lucky to have a taste of that kind of love in their lifetime🌹
September 10, 2020
So many fond memories.
When I was in my early teens, I remember uncle Frank including me in his weekly basketball games with his friends.
I remember him always throwing math questions my way.
He helped me write my first resume.
I always looked forward to my family gatherings when invariably I‘d spend part of the day talking with my uncle about anything and everything ...the Giants, world events, music.
We shared a love of Beethoven. And he brought meaning to my love of classical music and mentored me. Without him I wouldn’t know the beauty of Mahler’s Second Symphony or the special things to listen for in Beethoven’s Ninth.
I’ll remember his gentle wisdom.
I remember him crying unabashedly at my dads wake, which not only told me something about him, but also about my father.
And I guess most of all, forever imbued will be his unparalleled devotion and love of his family and especially my aunt Lil
Uncle Frank not only merited respect, but he was a man to admire and emulate and I was fortunate to call him uncle.
I shall heartfully miss him.
September 9, 2020
What an absolutely beautiful tribute to a wonderful, special man. Although we weren’t blood related, I knew him as Uncle Frank ( and Aunt Lillian) my entire life. He was like another brother to my dad and they shared a love of amongst other things... football, jazz, politics and humor. They could talk and laugh over just about anything. He and my dad continued to connect...and to worry about each other, as the years passed; more recently checking in on one another often through life changes and Covid quarantine. Uncle Frank was one of my favorite people. He will be deeply truly missed. ❣️